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ERIC Number: EJ1190342
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Engaging in Argumentation
Nunez-Eddy, Emily; Wang, Xue; Chen, Ying-Chih
Science and Children, v56 n2 p51-59 Sep 2018
This article seeks to provide educators with strategies and activities that can be integrated within the 5E model (Bybee 1997) and demonstrate how argumentation can be assimilated into elementary classrooms to teach science concepts. In this lesson exemplar, 25 students in a first-grade English Language Development classroom (all of whom were English Language Learners) were learning about animals and natural habitats. The focus of this lesson was to use scientific argumentation skills to make claims about the relationship between the characteristics of environments and the animals that live there. Because this class contained quite a few students in gifted education, a second-grade standard was chosen to facilitate differentiation and meet the needs of more advanced learners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A